It’s happening: beauty and wellness are getting a major dose of technology and it’s going to make us all feel a whole lot better. Major companies like Proctor and Gamble, Neutrogena, and L’Oreal are investing heavily in the wellness space, returning products driven by artificial intelligence, 3D printing and devices that quite literally go more than skin deep.
These devices and formulations promise precise treatment, taking your money further and realizing results a lot faster. Here are five beauty and wellness products I can’t wait to get my hands — er, face — on in 2019.
Effort-free flawless skin
Opté Precision Skincare System
If, like me, you apply foundation or concealer and skincare products almost daily, Opté could make your morning routine a lot simpler.
Opté promises flawless (literally, no flaws) skin with minimal product and minimal effort. The device, which is a little smaller than a Clarisonic, uses blue light to “scan” your face for imperfections, like age spots, and immediately applies formula to just the small areas that need it.
The best part? It actually works. After seeing the device in action at CES, the before-and-afters were astonishing. The finished look is skin that looks natural, makeup-free and spotless.
This device was one of Techhnews’s top 10 products from CES 2019. Pricing and availability isn’t clear just yet, but Opté is expected to come out in 2019.
Skincare gets customized
Neutrogena MaskID custom sheet mask
Neutrogena’s newest product takes custom-formulated skincare and puts it in everyone’s favorite medium, the sheet mask. MaskID, which will be released this year, is a service that sends you sheet masks shaped and formulated specifically for your face. After scanning your face with a phone, Neutrogena will 3D-print, fill and deliver a sheet mask designed just for you.
MaskID will be available “later this year” and pricing is TBD. For now, check out Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask and Skin360 app.
PH is the new skin type
La Roche-Posay My Skin Track
Most people define their skin as dry, oily, or combination, but La Roche-Posay (a L’Oréal company) is trying to change that. Your skin’s pH — or how acidic or alkaline it is — might be a better way to identify skincare needs, according to La Roche-Posay.
The skincare maker’s new product, My Skin Track pH, is a small patch that measures your skin’s pH, which should be slightly acidic, but can get out of whack due to diet, lifestyle and hormones. The small, fingernail-sized patch connects to an app which, of course, recommends products based on your pH levels.
By making data-backed recommendations, My Skin Track could help take the guesswork out of skincare purchases, leading to faster results. Details about pricing and availability have not yet been shared.
For de-clogging your face
ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief Device
Let’s get gross for a second. Your sinuses are supposed to produce mucus, but allergies, a cold or other environmental factors can cause them to get clogged, leading to pain. In most cases, people take medication to relieve their sinus pain, but ClearUP — a new device from Tivik — could help you take less medication.
The small, handheld device uses microcurrent technology to identify and de-clog sinuses, relieving pain almost instantly. ClearUP is currently FDA-cleared to treat sinus pain associated with allergies, but after trying the product and feeling my sinuses instantly drain, it’s possible the device does a little more than just that.
No word on pricing or availability just yet, but you can sign up for updates on Tivic’s website.
A Roomba for your mouth
Oral-B Genius X toothbrush
If you go to the dentist and get nothing but high praise, this isn’t for you. The rest of the population, however, is probably brushing poorly, not brushing long enough, or missing areas of the mouth altogether. This product is for those people.
Genius X, a new smart toothbrush from Oral-B, uses artificial intelligence to give you feedback on brushing. It’ll let you know when you apply too much pressure (bad for your gums and enamel) and which teeth you didn’t brush well enough. It’s a like a Roomba. For your mouth.
Genius X will be available for purchase September 2019.